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Living in the Wellington region is enjoyable, and people feel safe. A variety of healthy and affordable lifestyles can be pursued. Our art, sport, recreation and entertainment scenes are enjoyed by all community members – and attract visitors.
A peaceful, harmonious and secure society is a vital and profound social asset that directly benefits the economy and the quality of life of its citizens. Therefore, if people’s perceptions of their overall quality of life are high then this tends to relate positively to their personal well-being. Lack of affordable housing can result in parts of the population living in crowded and inadequate housing which can impact on health and other social outcomes.
Quality lifestyle is made up of 13 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the quality lifestlye community outcome definition (shown above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2018 period) is provided via the menu below. The index that measures change in the quality lifestyle outcome (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.
The GPI counts crime, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource depletion and soil loss, as costs, not gains, to the economy.
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If people feel unsafe in their local area they may be less likely to talk to their neighbours, trust others living in the area, use public transport, use public amenities and generally participate in their community. Aspects of the built environment, such as the way neighbourhoods are designed and maintained can impact residents’ perceptions of safety, as can crime rates, and levels of community cohesion and trust. Assessing how safe people feel walking alone in their neighbourhood is considered a useful way to gauge how safe people consider their local area.
In 2018, 63.5% of Wellington region respondents felt safe when walking in their local neighbourhood after dark. This is an increase from the percentage recorded in 2016 (61.3%), but below the levels recorded in 2012.
The percentage of respondents from the New Zealand population surveyed who reported feeling safe when walking in their local neighbourhood after dark has changed very little since 2012, in 2018 this is 60%.
The average percentage of respondents in the Wellington region that feel safe or very safe walking alone after dark
Statistics NZ General Social Survey
Last updated March 2020
Data points available only from 2008.
Due to data continuity issues, this indicator differs from that used in the 2011 Wellington Region Genuine Progress Index (WR-GPI). The 2011 WR-GPI used Quality of Life survey data that measured respondent’s sense of safety (2008 and 2010).
Indicators are updated in May and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.
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